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The Chance to Learn by Doing

Students pursuing international law at Stanford benefit from diverse opportunities to explore the intersection of legal theory and practice and gain career-shaping insight and experience.

Join the Stanford Law team at the annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Pursue a joint degree in law and Russian Studies or law and East Asian Studies.

Attend a lecture by Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, or Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

Explore the obstacles to advancing human rights (legal, political, social, economic, and technological) worldwide through seminars and other programs offered by the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law’s Program on Human Rights.

Pursue an internship that takes you to the United Kingdom to study national security and free speech, to the Philippines to investigate the judicial system, or to Bhutan to observe democracy-building in action.

Take on an externship that puts you to work for nonprofit and government organizations in Asia, Europe, or South America.

Advocate for international human rights in South Africa through an international law clinic.

Author textbooks and help develop centers of excellence in legal education in Afghanistan, Iraq, Timor-Leste, and Rwanda with the Rule of Law Program and its country-specific Rule of Law Projects.

Be there when the experts convene at conferences on subjects ranging from international climate change to the preemptive use of force.

Collaborate on problem-solving projects with other Stanford graduate students through an interdisciplinary course on conflict resolution, taught by Allen S. Weiner ’89, David Holloway and Lee Ross.

Attend a brown-bag lunch or formal dinner with the likes of former Secretaries of State Warren Christopher ’49 or George P. Shultz.

Learn firsthand what it’s like to practice law in Europe or Africa, at a mixer with foreign law students at Stanford.

Listen in on a panel discussion by leading legal and security experts on the challenge to civil liberties posed by the response to international terrorism.

Learn about summer job opportunities abroad at special networking events organized by the Stanford International Law Society.

Join the campus-wide conversation when respected visiting speakers like Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, share their perspective on such topics as prosecuting war crimes and defending human rights.

Prepare to practice law on an international scale by earning Stanford Law credits while you study at Bucerius Law School, with one of the top law faculties in Europe, or at a Stanford partner school in Italy or Japan.